Le Parisien Offices
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Architect G. P. Chedanne
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Location Paris, France   map
Date 1903   timeline
Building Type commercial offices
 Construction System riveted iron frame
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Early Modern
Notes rivet detail ornaments facade


Discussion Le Parisien Offices Commentary

"Le Parisien confronted the street with a riveted- and plated-steel facade in which a dialogue was established not only between the load-bearing elements and the non-load-bearing fenestration with its corrugated-steel sheet spandrels, but also between the primary and secondary systems of vertical support. The primary system carries the spandrels according to an evident Palladian order of A:B:A:B:A:B:A, while a secondary system picks up the arrises of the bay windows on the top floor and conducts these loads back to the paired columns at the ground. As recent commentators have remarked, the plastic quality of this structural system anticipates in some respects the gigantic megastructural works which have recently emerged from in America from the school of Mies van der Rohe."

— from Kenneth Frampton and Yukio Futagawa. Modern Architecture 1851-1945. p118.


On the rue Reaumur.

Sources on Le Parisien Offices

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. facade closeup photo, p24. — Available at

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1972. (Note: This earlier edition has different color pictures than the 1990 edition.) Color photo of upper part of exterior, p24. Top right of page.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Le Parisien Offices


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